About Half Lives
“Grant mines fresh material from the dystopian genre through an intriguing scenario and approach to the form...Grant’s choice to tell two stories simultaneously works quite well, glimpses of each world hinting at the other...Each story line stands on its own, but together they form a thought-provoking study of faith, misunderstanding, and survival.”
-- Publishers Weekly
What it's all about...
Icie is a typical teenager until disaster strikes. Her only hope of survival is escaping to a top-secret bunker. Hundreds of years later, 18-year-old Beckett leads a cult that worships a sacred Mountain. But Beckett and his beliefs are under attack. Icie and Beckett must fight to survive. They are separated by time but connected by a dangerous secret that both must protect as any cost. Half Lives is a story told in two voices from a pre- and post-apocalyptic time -- challenging the nature of faith and the power of miscommunication but most of all the strength of the human spirit to adapt and survive.
More Lovely Reviews for HALF LIVES
“The concept of this book is new and adventurous, not to mention the cross-generation storytelling was well executed.” -- Ashley at FireStarbooks
“I was stunned and crying by the end of the book, and amazed at how Sara Grant managed to blend together two completely separate yet intricately linked story lines.” -- Cait atEscape Through the Pages
Exploring the ideas in HALF LIVES
I wrote Half Lives to start discussions among readers. I hope you'll agree that there are many issues to explore and debate in the page of Half Lives. I've created a list of discussion questions for readers.
Click here for my questions. If Half Lives has inspired other debates, please send me additional issues or topic to include. I love to hear from readers. Email me at sara (at) sara-grant.com.
To launch Half Lives, I visited several teen book blogs in the US and UK. It was a lot of fun chatting about Half Lives, my writing process, and, well, myself.
At Novel Novice, I shared one of the stupid things I did to research Half Lives.
Alice Marvels asked what books I'd take with me to a bunker.
365 Days of Reading offered an extract from Half Lives and a giveaway!
I discussed what it was like to write two books in one at The Book Cellar.
I share my inspirations and influences for Half Lives with The Book Smugglers.
On PostScript'd, I talk about the inspiration for Half Lives.
On The Book Addicted Girl I shared the books I'd take with me to a bunker.
I visited I Want to Read That and talked about platitudes. Can you go a day without one?
My blog for JE Towey asked: How far would you go to survive?
My post on Books and Writers JNR explored how we might communicate with future generations.
At Fluttering Butterflies, I shared a few discussion starter for Half Lives.
Serendipity Reviews asked me to talk about my experience writing dark, edgy teen fiction while also writng a fun, magical series for young readers.
And finally...on my post for the Overflowing Library I revealed what my teen self would have left in a time capsule.
Thanks to all the fantastic bloggers who hosted me!
And finally, I shared the books that I'd send back to my teen self at Mundie Moms.